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LOST SYNAGOGUES OF DETROIT
They are beautiful. They are poignant.
In their totality the former synagogues of Detroit
outline a once closely knit neighborhood from the days
when Detroit was a conglomerate of vibrant immigrant
and ethnic communities, of a time when families walked
to places of worship which stood in the midst of their
Most synagogues, grand and humble, can
be found along or near Linwood and Dexter, south of
Davison in the once predominantly Jewish near west
side of Detroit. Today all of the synagogues are
Christian houses of worship for members of Detroit's
Afro American community.
This is a story of two communities and
two faiths, who worshipped and worship in a common
place. Life moves on but the Lost Synagogues of Detroit
live on and continue to serve their community and shelter
Come with me as I explore this intriguing
facet of Detroit history and help me to discover their
story. I am an outsider to their history, I
know little about them. Do you?
This is a self authoring art work. Join
the others who are contributing their memories and
knowledge. Special thanks to those who have contributed
and whose words enrich this site.
alone amid tall grasses and wild flowers of the urban
wilderness, it is difficult to believe the former Shaarey
Torah Synagogue on Brush was once squeezed in to
a densely built and populated neighborhood. Shaarey
Torah, along with the Delmar
Shul form the latest additions to The Lost Synagogues
Silence of Sinai" Click HERE to
take a tour of the eerily empty former Sinai
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